Pictures

70PRO SCORE
GIVE IT AN OVERALL RATING
3.52161785216179 72 5 0
3.52161785216179
717 VOTES

Google Chrome is a web-browser from Google released on September 2nd, 2008.

Where to buy

Seller Price Seller Rating
Show more
Pros

Extremely fast web-browsing

46 agree

Very clean interface

44 agree

Very fast startup time

43 agree

Open-source

34 agree

Multi-threaded application architecture

33 agree

Includes "Task Manager" utility to see what web pages/plugins/tabs are using what resources

32 agree

Integrated search box into the location bar

28 agree

No clutter on the screen, very open and clean

23 agree

Drag and drop of tabs into new or existing windows is well done

21 agree

Seemless transition from Firefox with importing

20 agree

has incognito mode which does not save any cookies

19 agree

Autocomplete in the omnibar without using arrow keys

17 agree

Adapted best to Google Applications

17 agree

Does better than IE, Safari on the Acid3 compliance test (passes both Acid2 and Acid1)

15 agree

Has an "awesome bar" like Firefox

15 agree

Includes some Safari-esque UI niceities like resizable input boxes

14 agree

different themes available

14 agree

getting faster

12 agree

Useful tick-marks show up in scrollbar when searching a large web page

10 agree

extension support (as of Chrome 4 - beta released December 09, officially released January 2010)

9 agree

You can assign keyboard shortcuts to your custom search engines to quickly search using the omnibar

9 agree

bookmark sync (added in 4.0)

9 agree

available for Linux and OSX too (Chrome 4 - beta released December 09, officially released January 2010)

7 agree

another great alternative to Internet Explorer - escalates the Browser Wars, puts it further into the domain of the mainstream

5 agree

Ported onto linux--name changed to Chromium--which is just as fast and responsive as the windows client

5 agree

Does as well as Safari on Acid 3 and Acid 2 compliance tests

2 agree

Chrome for Android

1 agrees

Tab Syncing (Open tabs get synced across devices where signed in)

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

Location bar isn't as intelligent as Firefox awesome bar

20 agree

Can't switch between custom search engines as quickly as Firefox or IE

18 agree

Installation is a little weird

16 agree

No "copy link name" feature

15 agree

not avaliable on Linux

15 agree

Not available on Mac

14 agree

updates are pushed automatically, unannounced

14 agree

No "/" for searching in a page

13 agree

High CPU load

12 agree

Fonts aren't as nice as Safari

9 agree

unfinished

8 agree

Security Flaws prevalent

8 agree

Dragging a window into a new window is slow with a low power GPU

7 agree

updates are few and far between

6 agree

Window placement is wonky with Win-split revolution

6 agree

No F11 full-screen mode

6 agree

Doesn't render XML/RSS pages very well - FF, Safari, IE are all better

5 agree

It is hard to load new pages because there are no buttons

5 agree

Privacy concerns over usage tracking

5 agree

installs Google Update, which runs constantly in the background, spyware like

3 agree

Virtually no security(its like safari on windows{no explanation needed})

2 agree

Unstable even after extensive beta-testing, high resource load, memory leaks, crashes

1 agrees

lots of themes are hideous

1 agrees

Can't add or find favorites as easily as I Explorer.

1 agrees

Privacy concerns about usage tracking

1 agrees

No print frame feature

1 agrees

themes and extension pool suck in comparison to Firefox so far

0 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Edit

 

Google Chrome is a web-browser from Google released on September 2nd, 2008. There are three main areas on which Google intends to improve the browsing experience compared to its more entrenched counterparts: security, anonymity, performance. Under the hood there are new browser models implemented that separate the rendering from the program itself, what this means is that individual pages won't slow down or completely crash the entire browser program. On the performance side Google has implemented their own Javascript rendering engine, called V8 that is reported to be 100 times faster than IE7's. On December 11, 2008 Google removed the "beta" designation with it's version 1.0 launch.

Features
  • totally Open Source
  • rewritten javascript engine (V8)
  • Webkit rendering
  • Address bar functionality comparable to Firefox' awesome bar
  • Incognito mode for privacy
  • Sandbox architecture prevents tabs from slowing each other, and crashing browser
Version history
  • September 2, 2008 - 0.2.149.27
  • September 5, 2008 - 0.2.149.29
  • September 17, 2008 - 0.2.149.30
  • October 29, 2008 - 0.3.154.9
  • November 24, 2008 - 0.4.154.25
  • December 1, 2008 - 0.4.154.33
  • December 11, 2008 - 1.0.154.36
  • January 25, 2010 - 4.0.249.78
Post Review
Erik
12/01/2010 10:26

I can't believe it's even taken this long for #google_chrome to take over #mozilla_firefox as the top browser on TechCrunch:

http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/30/top-browsers/

IE is sadly still the top browser on PW: IE 39%, FF 32%, Chrome 15%, Safari 11%, Opera 2%

Omar
11/25/2010 12:51
#google_chrome I love how Chrome just updates in the background. I got an update recently - have no idea which version - but this one includes a built in PDF reader. I just have to say THANK GOD! PDFs, whether we like it or not, are part and parcel of the web so it's annoying always having to open a separate program.

The actual rendering of the PDF inside Chrome leaves a lot to be desired, but I'm sure it'll improve over time.
Midwinter
11/12/2010 02:10

Won't use anything else

Siouxie
01/26/2010 11:13

Wouldn't load properly and crashed often when it finally did.

Fugazi
12/13/2009 08:17

Excellent browser to install for newbie users because it updates silently and is much faster and standard compatible than IE.

Extensions will be there in final soon but API still needs some work. However with how fast Chrome is developing and how good it is we may soon see many advanced users switching, that is unless Mozilla gets to work and make FF better (which actually is with 3.6 soon).

In summary, if you want just simple and fast browser I can highly recommend Chrome. If you are advanced user I would stick to FF still but I would watch Chrome closely and make jump as soon as all your favorite extensions are made.

Yale
05/22/2009 01:20

Latest update was just published! 2.0.172.28. 300+ bugs fixed, nice feature addons, and an update to the V8 JS engine. Watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rubd9bqjS64 for an overview of some of the major updates.

Yale
11/16/2008 12:57

Well, Google pushed a new beta update. Very stealth - all the sudden one really annoying bug was just fixed. Only getting nicer... now if only there were extensions...

Edit: Oh, 0.3.154.9 was out for this long already? Hmmm...

Erik
11/06/2008 11:09

It looks like the "beta" release 0.3.154.9 came out on Oct. 29. Before that they were calling the releases "development" or "preview" releases. I posted a link to the release blog in the external links.

No addons yet. It still has the quirky Window tiling mode issue.

Yale
11/06/2008 10:57

Does anyone know when to expect an update for Chrome? I'd like to get a newer build because some of these quirks are really annoying...

Gt-d
09/03/2008 10:18

yeah, i found it surprisingly slow having used it for a little while last night.

I'm still optimistic about where its going but not convinced to switch yet.

More Reviews
About Us